VIDEO: Tough schedule? Not a problem says Swansea's Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup insists Swansea City will not grumble about their packed schedule as they prepare for a rapid return to action against Spurs tomorrow (4).
Swansea will run out at White Hart Lane just 55 hours after their Europa League first-leg clash with Petrolul Ploiesti finished.
While other Premier League sides approach their second match of the season, Swansea are gearing up for game five.
They have been handed a difficult start to the domestic season, with fixtures against Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal inside the opening six weeks.
And Swansea must juggle Continental commitments on top of that workload.
But Laudrup reckons they cannot moan about the demands of a European campaign, especially after spending 22 years without such glamour on their fixture list.
"I am not complaining about the fixtures," he said.
"We have to play the other 19 (Premier League) teams sooner or later and we knew when we saw Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal that it would be very difficult.
"But we have to play them all and I think we are confident.
"We know when we play the big teams it will be very difficult, but it is not there that we have to get points.
"There are 38 games. It's a long way, a long road."
Tottenham were also in action on Thursday and are likely to feel more fatigued after playing Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia.
They returned with a 5-0 triumph after Andros Townsend, Paulinho, Danny Rose and Roberto Soldado (2) netted.
Paulinho and Soldado arrived over the summer for a combined fee of more than £40 million.
Andre Villas-Boas has been busy recruiting over the close season, but he is expected to lose star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
"Tottenham already had a very good squad last season but they have bought some very good quality players," said Laudrup.
"They have a lot of very good players but will be without one superstar, as you have to admit Gareth Bale last season was.
"Every squad would like to have a player like Gareth Bale.
"I don't know if they will be better or not but I know they will be a little different because it is always so nice to have someone you can give the ball and he will do something great.
"I think they will be very dangerous and right now I see them as favourites to be fourth in the league."